Marla Mase is a writer/performer/producer/singer/songwriter from New York City. She writes songs, plays, monologues, short stories, erotica, blogs, and poems. Marla is known for her provocative, raw performance style and intelligent lyrics and is regarded by her peers as being a true musical pioneer of our time. Marla Mase creates original and unique music that cannot be restrained to just one genre. Similar to Patti Smith and Frank Zappa, Mase is a confident and strong woman who has no fear when it comes to performing and creating art.
Mase’s 2010 release, titled Speak, was revisited in February of 2013 as a deluxe version. This deluxe album includes the original ten tracks and an additional six tracks that will blow you away. If you thought you were in love with Speak, get ready for the deluxe edition. The original album itself is nothing but a piece of art in every way, shape, and form. Songs like “Scream” and “Lioness” are powerful and will urge you to break yourself out of your hard shell. Mase’s spoken word technique cannot be replicated. “Queen of Imperfection” is an anthem for any woman who has ever felt imperfect. Mase speaks of perfection and how no such thing exists; being yourself is her motto.
The critically acclaimed reggae track, titled “AnnaRexia,” is the highlight of this album. The deluxe edition features a remix by Bill Laswell, a fun addition to this release. Some of the other new tracks are titles such as “Blog,” “Dance the Tango,” “Smithereens,” and “Squirm.” Each of these songs contain Mase’s undeniably unique flash and flair. This woman expresses herself vividly and honestly through her musical adventures with the addition of new tracks on Speak.
To listen to Speak in the best way, don’t let anything or anyone distract you. This is an album that must be heard from beginning to end. If you play it more than once, you’ll understand Mase’s passion much more than you would have the first time around. Experiencing the music of Marla Mase is quite the journey and will surely transform you into a new person with a bettered mindset. The power that this woman has through art is truly remarkable. Marla Mase has and will continue to make a difference in this world through her inspirational and raw music.